When K&L Gates first opened its Seoul office in 2012, the firm already had a long history of assisting global Korean clients with executing sophisticated commercial transactions, resolving thorny regulatory issues, prosecuting and defending complex disputes, and advising multinational companies with operations in Korea.
Having a physical presence in Seoul allows us to broaden and deepen our capabilities, especially our banking and finance, intellectual property, and energy, infrastructure, and resources practices. Our Seoul office also enables our firm to help our clients remain at and advance to the forefront of their industry sectors locally, regionally, and globally. We are positioned to assist our clients, regardless of their nationality, to capitalize on opportunities in Korea and beyond, as well as to respond to any legal issues that may arise as a result of current business operations or future commercial plans.
All lawyers in our core Korea practice, wherever they may physically reside, combine knowledge of Korean business customs, language, networks, and the domestic legal system with Western legal training and standards.
Our Seoul office, in close cooperation with lawyers in the firm’s other offices and local Korean counsel firms, advises clients with respect to overseas direct investments and mergers and acquisitions, project development, financing, construction and engineering, real estate, financial services regulation, intellectual property, and dispute resolution, including international arbitration and mediation. Lawyers from our overseas offices regularly assist with corporate, project finance, and energy, infrastructure, and resources-related matters, as well as with arbitration and litigation matters involving Korean companies doing business in the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and elsewhere.
- Banking and asset finance
- Corporate/Mergers and acquisitions
- Energy, infrastructure, and resources
- Financial services
- Intellectual property
- Litigation and dispute resolution (domestic and international arbitration and mediation)
- Policy and regulatory
- Project finance
- Real estate